Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco Planning and Urban Research’

President Barack Obama Picks Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran as New Board Members of the Presidio Trust

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

Here’s the news of the day from our Presidio Trust, or perhaps it was last week’s  - I’m kind of slow on the the uptake sometimes:

“PRESIDENT OBAMA TAPS BUSINESS, CIVIC LEADERS FOR PRESIDIO TRUST BOARD – NANCY BECHTLE RE-APPOINTED BOARD’S CHAIR

Presidio of San Francisco (August 14, 2012) — President Barack Obama has named two prominent Bay Area leaders — Paula R. Collins and Alex Mehran — to the Presidio Trust Board of Directors. The White House also re-appointed Nancy Bechtle as board chair. Ms. Collins and Mr. Mehran are replacing outgoing board members J. Michael Shepherd and Bill Wilson.

Paula R. Collins is the chief executive officer of WDG Ventures, Inc., a real estate development company in Northern California, and president of Portfolio Real Estate Consulting.

Part of the original project development team for the Moscone Convention Center, Ms. Collins is a founder and director of Presidio Bank in San Francisco, a member of the national board of the Automobile Association of America and has served as an appointee to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Visiting Committee for the Department of Urban Studies and Planning. In addition, she is co-chair of the Board of Directors for the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, a member of the board of the Special Olympics for Northern California and has served on the Board of Directors of the BRIDGE Housing Corporation. Ms. Collins has been awarded the prestigious Silver Spur Award by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research organization, in honor of her dedication to improving the quality of life and economic health of San Francisco; and has been honored by the National Coalition of 100 Black Women and the San Francisco Business Times. She graduated cum laude in urban studies from Mt. Holyoke College in Massachusetts and received her master’s degree in city planning from MIT. Ms. Collins replaces Mr. Shepherd on the board.

A Bay Area native, Alex Mehran is the president and chief executive officer of Sunset Development Company, a San Ramon based real estate development, investment, construction and management company founded by his father almost 60 years ago.

Mr. Mehran is chair of the Contra Costa Economic Partnership, a trustee of the San Francisco Ballet and a member of the University of California, San Francisco Chancellor’s Associates. In addition, he is a past chairman and current executive committee member of the Bay Area Council and is a former trustee of the Urban Land Institute and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. Mr. Mehran received his bachelor’s degree from Harvard College, where he graduated with honors. He earned a law degree, also with honors, from England’s Cambridge University. Mr. Mehran replaces Mr. Wilson.

“Alex and Paula are joining the board at a very exciting time – the Presidio Trust is now financially self-sufficient and we are seeing the benefits of a decade worth of investments in the park,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust Executive Director. “Alex and Paula will be instrumental in helping us expand the public benefit of the Presidio to the local community and the nation.”

A fourth generation San Franciscan, Nancy Bechtle grew up across the street from the Presidio, and, as a child would scale the base’s walls to play in Julius Kahn Park. Once, she was even kicked out for riding her horse on the base. Appointed to the Trust’s board by President George W. Bush in 2008, Ms. Bechtle was first elected chair in 2009. She is chairman of the board of the Sugar Bowl Corporation, serves on the board of directors for the Charles Schwab Corporation and is a former chief financial officer and director of J.R. Bechtle and Company. A past president and chief executive officer of the San Francisco Symphony, Ms. Bechtle has served on the symphony’s board of governors since 1984 and has also served on the board of the San Francisco Opera Association. In addition she has served on the board of the National Park Foundation, holding the board’s citizen chair from 2005 to 2007. Ms. Bechtle recently received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Commonwealth Club of San Francisco and has received a Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award from the California Arts Council and the Investment in Leadership award from the Coro Foundation, among her many other honors.

“I am pleased to welcome these very talented and accomplished people to the board,” said Nancy Bechtle. “The experience that Paula and Alex bring will be great assets as the Trust expands its public-serving programs while continuing to keep an eye on ensuring the park’s self-sufficiency.”

The Presidio Trust is governed by a seven-member board of directors. Six members are appointed by the President of the United States. The seventh is the U.S. Secretary of the Interior or his designee. An executive director reports to the board and oversees a staff with expertise including environmental science, historic preservation, operations and maintenance, landscape design, planning, resource management, real estate development, public affairs and programs, law, and finance.

Biographies of all Trust board members are available at www.presidio.gov

The Presidio Trust was established by the United States Congress in 1996 to administer the Presidio of San Francisco, an urban national park site that is located at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge. The areas overseen by the Trust include expansive open space and spectacular views, a 300-acre historic forest, and rare and endangered plants and wildlife. The park comprises nearly 6 million square feet of buildings, including 469 historic structures that contribute to the Presidio’s status as a National Historic Landmark District.”

San Francisco Election 2011 Recap: KQED Forum with Corey Cook, Willie Brown + Alex Clemens, David Latterman at SPUR

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

9:05 AM - Listen Live:

“Who won, who lost and how did the ballot measures fare? Guest host Scott Shafer takes a look at results in Bay Area elections including analysis of ranked-choice voting and the political clout of Asian-Americans.

Host: Scott Shafer

Guests:

  • Corey Cook, assistant professor of politics and director of the Leo McCarthy Center for Public Service and the Common Good at the University of San Francisco
  • David Lee, executive director of the Chinese American Voters Education Committee (CAVEC)
  • Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco
  • Corey Marshall, good government policy director for San Francisco Planning and Urban Research
  • Omar Khalif, parent and co-chair of Families for Neighborhood Schools, which supports Measure H
  • Steven Hill, designer and supporter of the ranked-choice voting systems in San Francisco and Oakland and author of “10 Steps to Repair American Democracy”
 
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Plus this:

12:30 PM – Attend in Person at 654 Mission Street – $10:

“The November 2011 election promises to be one of the most exciting in recent memory. What will the election results mean for San Francisco, and who will be our next mayor? In one of SPUR’s best-loved traditions, join political analysts Alex Clemens and David Latterman for our post-election recap.”

Sky Terrace – One of San Francisco’s Privately Owned Public Open Spaces

Wednesday, March 4th, 2009

Here’s something you haven’t done but you should do: Visit the Sky Terrace atop the Westfield Mall on Market Street. It’s a Privately Owned Public Open Space, so the Man has to let you up there whether he likes it or not.

Hey, why not visit all the POPOS in San Francisco by using this well-researched guide from the people at SPUR and this handy map from the San Francisco Chronicle’s John King and Marcus Chan?

Here it is, featuring the Emporium Dome. Click to expand:

You’re up fairly high and you get an unusual view of the City:

If you look the right direction, you can forget the past 80 or so years of development. Here you can see UC Hastings College of Law and the highest dome in the Western Hemisphere, San Francisco City Hall:

But is this rooftop retreat hard to find? Not really. If you’re out on the street, just go into 835 Market (right next to the Bong Building), tell the security guard you want to go up to the Sky Terrace, and then you’re up there in no time. If you get hassled, keep yelling, “I knows my rights!” Repeatedly. That ought to do the trick.

Will you want to go back? Maybe, maybe not. A lot of these POPOS places aren’t what you call “destinations” – they’re just places to hang out if you’re around.

Anyway, check it out.

“The new Sky Terrace is the perfect setting for an exclusive and urban rooftop experience. It has a private entrance and overlooks the gorgeous dome and cityscape.

It’s perfect for a VIP lounge, wedding ceremony, film location, reception or intimate dinner.  Combining the Sky Terrace with Under the Dome creates an event that flows in surprising directions.

Up to 300 guests for a cocktail reception, 175 for a sit-down dinner. 3,000+ square feet. Up to 2,500+ guests when spaces are combined.”

See you there!